Genetically-engineered 'Golden Rice' can successfully address the problem of Vitamin-A deficiency in India and help save millions of lives
A few hours ago, more than 107 Nobel Prize recipients signed a letter challenging Greenpeace. The letter is aimed to halt the campaigns of
the environmental NGO to prevent the introduction of Golden Rice, and many other potentially life-saving options for many underdeveloped nations all over the world.

“We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to reconsider the experience of farmers and poor consumers worldwide with foods and crops improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of trustworthy scientific bodies and other regulatory agencies, and abandon their systematic campaign against ‘GMOs’ in general and Golden Rice in particular,” it says.

According to WHO stats, Golden Rice was designed to solve vitamin A deficiency in some 250 million people worldwide, including 40% of children below five years in the developing world.

Vitamin A is an important vitamin for healthy vision, immune system function, and cell growth. It works synergistically with a number of other vitamins and minerals, including vitamins D, K2, zinc, and magnesium, without which it cannot perform its functions.

Annually, about two million preventable deaths occur due to VAD, because of compromise in the immune system of babies and children taking it. VAD is one of the leading causes of childhood blindness with 250,000 - 500,000 annually recorded cases: with half the number dying within twelve months of their blindness.

Meanwhile, Biotech scientists have developed and improved several lines of rice with t beta-carotene in the grain, to boost vitamin A.  It is called Golden Rice. The initial goal was to offer this Golden Rice to poor farmers, for free. These people are too remote and resource-limited to manage with supplements options or fresh produce.

Unfortunately, Greenpeace and other NGOs has vigorously opposed this move from the beginning. This dogmatic response of Greenpeace makes no sense for an environmental organisation of its calibre, despite their claims to align with science.

Will Greenpeace respond to this call?
Now, the big question is whether Greenpeace will respond to the call from this distinguished group of Laureates?  I have no idea. I am completely unable to fathom the logic or bias behind their absolute position. 

You will recall that Africa has been at the forefront of many of this adverse health and environmental statistics, caused by strict views fueled by bias, greed, and power. How will this unfold? How will this situation pan out? We can only hope that the Golden Rice is allowed to supplement Vitamin A in many developing parts of the world; and not VAD. We can only hope that the Greenpeace NGO, will listen.

'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = '//' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })();
Powered by Blogger.